Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Russell Lee Kuster

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, October 9, 1990

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Reflections for Detective Russell Lee Kuster

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you and Aunt Sue. You two were dynamic in so many ways. I’m sorry you were not given the opportunity to be at all of the fun family gatherings we have had. We miss you very much and pray that your rewards in heaven are great. I love you Uncle Russ.

Lesley Hansen

October 10, 2018

I just drove past the street sign placed in your honor. I had to read up on what actually occurred. My heart breaks even though it was 27 years ago. I never had a chance to meet you but I still consider you family. Rest In Peace my brother ... Thank you for your Service

Homicide Detective (Ret)
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

December 29, 2017

I just drove past the street sign placed in your honor. I had to read up on what actually occurred. My heart breaks even though it was 27 years ago. I never had a chance to meet you but I still consider you family. Rest In Peace my brother ... Thank you for your Service

Homicide Detective (Ret)
San Diego Sheriff’s Department

December 29, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother. We honor you on the 27th anniversary of your E.O.W. You are not forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
City of Upland, CA

October 9, 2017

Hey Russ it is October 2017; It is hard to believe you have been gone so long. However your memory is not. Karen and I often recall the wonderful times we had with you. Some of us have passed and the rest of us are getting old. I have yet to meet another like you; and know I will not.

Detective Ernie Basset

October 3, 2017

God I miss you, I found some old pictures of you about a month ago and it seems like just yesterday that you came by to visit. It's unbelievable to me that you've been gone this long. I was just reading some of the reflections that people have left for you and the amount of Love and Respect in each one of them was just incredible and I don't know of any one that deserves it more. You were very Loved and are Truly Truly Missed. RIP my Love. Your Friend

Margaret Collier
Very special Friend

June 20, 2017

I will always remember hearing about Russ' s death on a warm October eve.He loved his family,friends and profession.He was a true American Hero! He was greatly loved and truly missed! He's guarding the streets of Heaven as only The finest Marines and Policemen do!Till we meet in Heaven,Rest in Peace!

Diana Knox Proctor

October 15, 2016

Hey Roy Thinking about you and decided to let you know much you are still missed and cared about

Detective Retired

September 15, 2016

How Time Flies By. Today Aug. I, 2016 is 50 yrs. since you joined the LAPD, and I went in the Army on the same Day. You were 26 yrs. old and I was 19. I still think about the good times we had growing up and when I would come visit you in LA. I miss and think about you everyday. Your Brother Harry.

Harry G. Kuster

August 1, 2016

Time has passed for this post... However, this was one of the most challenging times for me in my police career....I was with Kuster at a bar in Hollywood watching a Reds baseball game with him and Rozzi...before he went to the Bar on the time I arrived home Kuster was killed...he had agreed to call me out on the next Homocide, as a boot Detective Trainee... I don't talk much about this incident...however it is, and will always be a sorrowful moment and reflection on my 27 year career. God Bless to all

Retired Captain

January 26, 2016

Thank-you for your dedicated service to the city of Angels Detective Kuster. Thank-you for wearing law enforcements most honorable badge. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten, 25 years has passed since you were taken from us, you will remain in our thoughts and hearts forever. Once a part of the LAPD family, always a part of the LAPD family. R.I.P. Detective, go walk heaven's beat with the angels.

Security Officer Cole Phelps
LAPD Supporter

October 9, 2015

My Uncle Russ was a true hero. It's unbelievable it's been 25 years! I was 20 years old when I got the call my uncle was killed. It was crushing to the family, especially my Aunt Susie. Besides his police work, he was fun to hang out with, he walked cool, talked cool, and smoked cool. He loved his work and his Roys. We'd get so excited to hear all the detective stories he'd tell us. My friends and I came to visit one summer at age 16 and he specifically told us where NOT to go and of course we went. When we got home he said I know where you've been and that scared the crap out of me, he didn't tell my parents. Haaaa that's one cool uncle. He also told me about the marines and he was proud to be one. Wish he was still around, would love to hear all the "war" stories again. Love you, Uncle Russ they don't make cops like you anymore.

Megan Williams

September 29, 2015

Roy Me Boyoo... I have been looking over the reflections and there is so much respect for you and your memory in them. I will be speaking at the 25th anniversary of your death next month at Hollywood station. Time has gone by so quickly and yet I can still see you coming through the station door with your red blazer on and yelling Semper Fi. I will never forget you Russ, you were the finest Officer and Detective I had the honor to have known. The honors and tributes that have been given to you over the years have been numerous and well deserved. The finest of them all have been the title "FRIEND" I still miss you Roy and always will.
Semper Fidelis

Retired Detective John E Miller #13738
Los Angeles Police Department

September 6, 2015

Happy Birthday Bro!!! I still think about and miss you everyday.

Harry G. Kuster

June 24, 2015

Russ, I can't believe it's been 25 years

Margaret Collier
Old friend from the Casting Office

December 14, 2014

It seems like only yesterday, when I was getting ready for work at 4:30a.m. when the Door Bell rang, and the Milford Police told me you been killed, and I had to go to Dillsboro to tell the family. What a Horrible Day! You've been gone now 24 yrs.. The same amount of time your were with the LAPD. As Bud said, I will be raising my glass tonight to Salute you as my Hero and Best Friend. I Love You Bro!!

Harry G. Kuster

October 9, 2014

On October 9, 1990, it will be 24 years ago that Russell Kuster was fatally killed in a gun battle in Hollywood Division. Please join me and raise your glass on 10/9/14, 10 PM PST and salute a damn fine Homicide Detective and friend!!

Bud Arce

October 2, 2014

"We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."
~ Winston Churchill

A police officer is on duty 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; 365 days a year. Detective Kuster gave his life so that yur life would be more secure.

Detective Russell Lee Kuster is a true American hero.

Lieutenant / Sheriff Lloyd F. Emmons
Tennessee Highway Patrol - Retired | DeKalb County Sheriff - Retired

January 22, 2013

God Bless.

J. Jaynes
Canyon Country resident

January 17, 2013

Russell you are still in our thoughts; how time passes.

Detective Ernie Basset

October 10, 2012

Russ I often think of you; you were one of a kind. I think upon first meeting you people thought you were quiet and even somewhat indifferent. However those that knew you considered you very caring. Although you did not talk about your kind acts I knew you hepled people. Sometimes you hepled too much; you gave some money and others moral support. I think that is one reason your knick name was "Big Guy".

Detective Ernie Basset (retired)

August 28, 2012

Years cannot replace the sadness we still wear with Russ Kuster's death.He taught us all how to live and enjoy the simple life! He made not only a professional contribution but a fine human example.He was dearly loved by all that knew him.Our hearts weep for our family and dear friends he left behind! He is eagerly looking out for all the "Roys" in Heaven! God Bless! you,Russ! Diana Knox Proctor.

Diana Knox Proctor

August 23, 2012

It is shame of my country, because the man who shot and killed Detective Kuster was a Hungarian MOB member. I pray for Your soul and for Your family Det. Kuster!

Robert Papp

June 14, 2012

Russ Kuster was "THE FINEST OF THE FINEST!" I knew his parents well.We hold on to THE BLESSED HOPE that one day We will all be together forever.Russ is a "TRUE BLUE AMERICAN HERO!" I would have loved to got to know him better!

Diana Knox Proctor
2nd Cousin

May 9, 2012

Rest in Peace, Detective Kuster. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.


January 14, 2012

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